Inspira Health Network

Summer/Fall 2016

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When it's time for a vacation, don't let devices tie you down. The Value of a Medical Home A good relationship with a primary care physician is more important than you may realize. Have you ever given much thought about the positive impact a primary care physician can have on your life? These doctors can, and should, play a vital role in your overall health and wellness. Primary care physicians, as well as nurse practitioners and physician assistants who specialize in primary care, are in a unique position to promote wellness, prevention and the early detection of a variety of medical conditions. It's difficult to overstate the value of forging a long-term relationship with a physician who is committed to your health and well-being. The knowledge and understanding that develop over time can be extremely beneficial when detecting, diagnosing and treating new and chronic health conditions. In this issue of Family & Friends + You, you can learn about the many benefits of partnering with a primary care physician. You will also find useful information about choosing the appropriate level of care for a range of illnesses and injuries. Of course, in a true emergency, don't hesitate to call 911. If you or a loved one is looking for information about specific health services, trying to find a physician, or in need of some help navigating our health network, I encourage you to contact our new Health Care Concierge by calling 1-800-INSPIRA. It is our hope that this free service will make finding and arranging health care services easier for you. Wishing you good health, John DiAngelo President and CEO Inspira Health Network HOW TO BREAK AWAY on Your Getaway "Vacations are great for mental health and family dynamics," said Andria Balicki, M.A., L.P.C., director of Outpatient Behavioral Health at Inspira Health Center Bridgeton. "In this hectic world we live in, it's crucial to occasionally disconnect and de-stress, relax and rejuvenate." Staying constantly connected to technology can quickly negate the benefits of a vacation by providing constant reminders of what you're missing or what awaits you when you get back. But you don't have to avoid screens entirely. "For some people, it's not feasible to completely disconnect," Balicki said. "It could even lead to more stress. You just need to find a balance." Follow these tips to make vacationing without screens easier. • Plan ahead. Make sure family members staying home know about your vacation to limit disruptions. At work, set up out-of-office email and voicemail messages to let people know the dates you're away. • Schedule your tech time. If you can't completely pull the plug, set aside a few minutes a day to check your devices. • Set shared expectations. When traveling with friends or family, have everyone conform to the same connectivity schedule. This ensures everyone enjoys time together — without stressing too much about what they're missing. EXPERIENCING STRESS WITH NO VACATION IN SIGHT? FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES AT INSPIRA HEALTH NETWORK BY VISITING 2 Summer/Fall 2016 Inspira Health Network Family & Friends + You

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